Minot dominates Devils Lake to snap losing streak

It took four games and stretched 18 days, but the Minot High School girls hockey team earned its first win of the calendar year, routing Devils Lake 10-0 on Friday at Maysa Arena.

Entering Friday’s contest, the Majettes (7-7 overall, 6-6 West Region) had scored a combined four goals during a four-game losing streak that began on Dec. 28. But Minot’s offense responded with its second-largest scoring output of the season. The Majettes’ previous high was a 12-goal outburst against Dickinson in mid-December. Minot senior forward Jessie Kongelf recorded a hat trick and 10 Majettes tallied a point in their first shutout victory since the season opener.

“The team is really excited,” MHS coach Weylin Wahlstrom said. “There have been some tough times recently because we were practicing hard and doing everything we needed in preparation for the games, but we just weren’t putting it together on the ice. Tonight, we got the opportunity and they capitalized on their chances and they looked good.”

The Majettes kept Devils Lake (1-10, 1-10) on the defensive all game, peppering goaltender Emma Danielsson with 69 shots. Not even the Firebirds’ power play could keep Minot from firing away at their goaltender. The Majettes scored two short-handed goals – one 5-on-4 and the other 4-on-3.

MHS junior forward Makaila Anderson tallied her first of two goals to open the scoring barrage at nine minutes, six seconds of the first period. Anderson received a centering pass from senior forward Angie Lothspeich behind the Devils Lake net and one-timed a shot past Danielsson.

“It was a change,” Anderson said. “We definitely stepped up this game and I love it. This is the new us.”

The Majettes were just getting started as freshman defender Maddy Sem registered her first career goal in a Majettes jersey with two minutes remaining in the opening frame. Sem’s shot from the point deflected off the post before crossing the goal line.

“It was momentum right away,” Wahlstrom said. “I could see us getting frustrated (early), but the girls kept it together and capitalized on a couple chances in the first and after that their confidence got going. Once they opened it up, they really were hungry. They had that hunger for scoring that we haven’t had all year.”

Anderson netted her second goal of the game short-handed just 29 seconds into the middle frame, the first of four tallies for the Majettes in the period. Stymied early, Kongelf registered her first goal at 9:27 of the second period and scored two straight to open the third frame for her team-leading 15th goal this season. Kongelf assisted on freshman forward Taylor Hooker’s first of two goals to cap off a four-point night.

“We worked really well together,” Kongelf said. “We were moving the puck really well and seeing the open ice, getting some open shots. Things were just coming together.”

The Firebirds’ scoring chances were few and far between. Even six Minot penalties could not deliver any offensive production, making life easy for goaltender Sydney Swanson. The junior faced just seven shots to earn her second win of the season.

The Majettes host Grand Forks today at 2 p.m.